Survey Says

A new nationwide survey suggests as many as an estimated 24.5 million Americans* would like to try growing marijuana for personal use – if growing it were legal. The survey, conducted earlier this year, also finds 70-percent of Americans sure of their response are in favor of seeing marijuana laws liberalized – and 63 percent agree with the statement that “medical use of marijuana should be legalized.”

The survey findings are a benchmark, according to Bruce Butterfield, Research Director for the National Gardening Association. “There were no glaring surprises here but this is the very first time we took a look at marijuana from a gardening perspective. I don’t believe anyone’s done that before.”

The online survey was conducted by Harris Poll and commissioned by Green State Gardener, a new e-commerce company that seeks to help indoor and outdoor growers of medicinal herbs by selling virtually all the equipment needed to succeed. The Green State Gardener website goes live this month with the slogan, ‘grow your own health revolution.’

The survey further found that among people who would grow marijuana for personal use (if legal), baby boomers aged 55 and over (29 percent) and millennials age 18-34 (38 percent) are most likely to do so, says Butterfield, suggesting the possibility of backyard bonding between generations. But Butterfield adds that the findings don’t suggest backyard pot growing will happen anytime soon: “Marijuana has been the boogey man for so long, you can’t all of a sudden change people’s attitude towards the boogey man.”

He does see a shift, though, from the approach many states have taken towards liberalization: “making marijuana legal to grow at home has not been the emphasis. In this survey, it is.” He adds that support for liberalizing marijuana laws is equally strong among gardeners and non-gardeners.

Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have currently legalized marijuana in some form; four states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational use.

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*10% of the US Census Bureau estimate of 245.5 million Americans 18 years of age and older

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Green State Gardener from January 26-28, 2015 among 2,058 adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Claudia Marshall (802) 660-3524.

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